For companies & organizations

Address systemic inequity and create an environment that encourages authenticity, creativity, and culture.

Challenge inequity

Work collectively to challenge inequity and go from where you are now to where you want to be.

Create real change

Activate and elevate your cultural assets to create organizational change today.

Set inclusive goals

Establish equitable goals that are inclusive of your team’s needs and authentic to your organization’s culture.

Why we need to do this work

According to a 2014 survey by the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), while ethnic and racial minorities make up HALF of all hourly employees, only 31 percent of minorities are in general manager positions.

At the executive level, only 8%.

(And this can be observed across industries)

It just doesn’t add up.

You want to do things differently

You want your team to feel welcomed, heard, and included in all decisions

You want them to feel celebrated, and DEI to be embedded in all aspects of your organization's work

You want to have a diverse leadership that reflects the society in which we live in.

Let’s work together!

Take a journey with me as you reflect on your identity and cultural experience through a series of professional development trainings. By starting with self, you will feel affirmed in your identity, understand power, privilege and marginalization, and develop a strategic plan that includes collective action towards challenging systemic inequity.

I’m Jason Acosta

I am a social worker, facilitator and equity practitioner who believes in the power of healing. I strive to shift organizational culture in an effort to develop equitable and inclusive spaces for marginalized communities across companies, organizations, and educational institutions.

My purpose is to inspire systemic change by centering identity and healing as the foundation of transformation. My work is deeply personal to me: Having spent 18 years in foster care, I was confronted with many systemic barriers, including police brutality and educational inequity, as well as with the question of my own identity.

As a result, I pursued a path to social work and spent the early part of my career exploring, unpacking, and learning about the many complexities of identity and intersectionality in an effort to better understand the systemic challenges and trauma that impact communities of color.

As a proud native of the South Bronx, I am also a true advocate for educational reform.

Examples of my work

A selection of workshops I have delivered for clients

Why work with me

My approach to this work is a bit different from traditional DEI professionals. I focus on identity development and healing first – which falls under the realm of DEI but isn’t what others start with.

Only after we have addressed internalized oppression and challenged dominant culture in the organization, I then work with the team to develop and implement strategy. 

Did you know?

According to McKinsey & Co.’s “Delivering Through Diversity January 2018” report, companies in the top quartile for gender diversity and those in the top quartile for ethnic/cultural diversity on executive teams were respectively 21 and 33 percent more likely to have industry-leading profitability.

They also have more perspective, which can drive innovation.

They are better supported in market targeting.

They are able to attract top talent.

What they are saying

This new curriculum is the new Black Panther Party focused on education and economic empowerment.

MBK/Thrive Chicago Steering Committee

This workshop was extremely powerful and challenged advisors to consider their role in activating their own activism.

NYU College Advising Corps

The curriculum content flow is incredible. This is the foundation for the educational revolution we have all been dreaming of and working towards.

MBK/Thrive Chicago Steering Committee

Let’s get to work!

Contact me to collaborate and work towards dismantling dominant culture today.